Earn College Credit for Your Experience
You have the opportunity to earn credit for knowledge or skills that you've acquired outside of a traditional academic environment, such as prior learning acquired from:
- Work and life experiences
- Community and volunteer extension courses
- Individual study and reading
- Civic, community and volunteer work
- Participation in informal courses and training sponsored by associations, business, government or industry
How Prior Learning is Evaluated
If you can demonstrate that you've mastered the required competencies of a course through a prior learning assessment (PLA), you can earn college credit. Prior credit is reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis and awarded for a particular course. The learning must:
- Be college-level
- Be applicable to your declared course of study
- Meet or exceed a "C" grade
Forms of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA):
- Apply to FRCC with a declared course of study.
- Contact either the appropriate FRCC academic department or speak with a Pathways Advisor at your chosen campus to start the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.
- Pay the assessment fee ($45 per credit for Institutional Challenge Exam; $65 per credit for a portfolio)
Learn more about PLA requirements in the college catalog.